Saint Augustine of Hippo

354 - 430

A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on beauty, blindness, love, peace, and praise

Late have I loved Thee, O Lord; and behold, Thou wast within and I without, and there I sought Thee. Thou was with me when I was not with Thee. Thou didst call, and cry, and burst my deafness. Thou didst gleam, and glow, and dispell my blindness. Thou didst touch me, and I burned for Thy peace. For Thyself Thou hast made us, and restless our hearts until in Thee they find their ease. Late have I loved Thee, Thou Beauty ever old and ever new. Thou hast burst my bonds asunder; unto Thee will I offer up an offering of praise.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Source: Confessions

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A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on god, love, praise, and soul

If bodies please thee, praise God on occasion of them, and turn back thy love upon their Maker; lest in these things which please thee, thou displease. If souls please thee, be they loved in God: for they too are mutable, but in Him they are firmly established.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Source: The Confessions of St. Augustine

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A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on god, work, and world

Six is a number perfect in itself, and not because God created the world in six days; rather the contrary is true. God created the world in six days because this number is perfect, and it would remain perfect, even if the work of the six days did not exist.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Source: The City of God.

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A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on companions, patience, and wisdom

Patience is the companion of wisdom.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

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A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on art, boldness, earth, possessions, and pride

An apt and true reply was given to Alexander the Great by a pirate who had been seized. For when that king had asked the man what he meant by keeping hostile possession of the sea, he answered with bold pride. "What thou meanest by seizing the whole earth; but because I do it with a petty ship, I am called a robber, whilst thou who dost it with a great fleet art styled emperor."

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Source: The City of God

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A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on beginning, day, fatherhood, god, good, humility, kindness, sons, spirituality, tears, and wealth

Picture God as saying to you, "My son, why is it that day by day you rise, and pray, and even strike the ground with your forehead, nay sometimes even shed tears, while you say to Me: 'My Father, give me wealth!' If I were to give it to you, you would think yourself of some importance, you would fancy that you had gained something very great. Because you asked for it, you have it. But take care to make good use of it. Before you had it, you were humble; now that you have begun to be rich, you despise the poor. What kind of a good is that which only makes you worse? For worse you are, since you were bad already. And that it would make you worse you knew not; hence you asked it of Me. I gave it to you, and I proved you; you have found - and you have found out! Ask of Me better things than these, greater things than these. Ask of Me spiritual things. Ask of Me Myself!"

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

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A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on cowardice, men, nobility, war, world, and worry

To be under pressure is inescapable. Pressure takes place through all the world; war, siege, the worries of state. We all know men who grumble under these pressures and complain. They are cowards. They lack splendour. But there is another sort of man who is under the same pressure but does not complain, for it is the friction which polishes him. It is the pressure which refines and makes him noble

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

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A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on good and life

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If we live good lives, the times are good. As we are, such are the times.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

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A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on beauty and love

I have learnt to love you late, Beauty at once so ancient and so new!

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

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A Quote by Saint Augustine of Hippo on christianity, danger, devil, emptiness, existence, good, hell, prophets, and spirit

The good Christian should beware of mathematicians, and all those who make empty prophecies. The danger already exists that the mathematicians have made a covenant with the devil to darken the spirit and to confine man in the bonds of Hell.

Saint Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)

Source: DeGenesi ad Litteram, Book II, xviii, 37 [Note: mathematician = astrologer]

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